Recycled Materials

7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

An Ocean Clean Up Array to Remove 7,250,000 Tons of Plastic From the World's Oceans When we first covered Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup Array it generated a phenomenal amount of excitement, as well as

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DIY: Learn How to Make a Knotted String Hanging Planter from Recycled Materials

DIY: Learn How to Make a Knotted String Hanging Planter from Recycled Materials

STEP 1: Gather your materials Recycled containers (glass jam or sauce jars, plastic takeout containers, or yogurt cups are ideal) String or twine (cotton, hemp, or nylon). We used basic cotton twine

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Mitchell Joachim Wants to 3D Print Cities Using ‘Smart Trash’ From the World’s Overflowing Landfills

Mitchell Joachim Wants to 3D Print Cities Using ‘Smart Trash’ From the World’s Overflowing Landfills

The world's landfills are literally overflowing. According to 2008 figures (and we've added a few people since then), America alone produces a whopping 1.35 billion pounds of garbage every day - and

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Ai Weiwei Salvages and Straightens 150 Tons of Rebar From the Sitchuan Earthquake to Create Stunning Art Installation

Ai Weiwei Salvages and Straightens 150 Tons of Rebar From the Sitchuan Earthquake to Create Stunning Art Installation

Ai Weiwei's Straight installation continues the artist’s longstanding involvement in social, political and cultural activism. The work was first exhibited at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in

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Upcycle Goods Launches iPad Sleeves Made From Salvaged Treadmill Belts

Upcycle Goods Launches iPad Sleeves Made From Salvaged Treadmill Belts

These new Upcycle Goods Rubber Tread iPad Sleeves are handcrafted in Seattle, WA by local skilled artisans who really care about what they are making. The rubber tread is sourced from a local treadmill

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Pop-Up Mini-Farmery Shop is Absolutely Covered in Organic Veggies

Pop-Up Mini-Farmery Shop is Absolutely Covered in Organic Veggies

Sponsored by Burt's Bees and located directly in front of their headquarters on the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, North Carolina, the Mini-Farmery is absolutely covered in living walls. Apart from

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Vicara Gives the Traditional Lamp a Facelift Using Recycled Cardboard

Vicara Gives the Traditional Lamp a Facelift Using Recycled Cardboard

Vicara, a cool design brand based in Portugal, recently launched a brand new lamp made from recycled cardboard. Dubbed Cartonado, this cute little table lamp is laser cut into to pieces than come

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ITZ Creates Exquisite Furniture Using Fallen Wood Reclaimed from Hurricanes and Forest Fires

ITZ Creates Exquisite Furniture Using Fallen Wood Reclaimed from Hurricanes and Forest Fires

ITZ Mayan Wood Furniture specializes in creating gorgeous, modern furniture pieces, but with a keen focus on sustainability. Led by Ania Wołowska and Luis López Antúnez Hassey, the company was

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Andy Avalar Repurposes E-Waste to Create Colorful Recycled Artworks

Andy Avalar Repurposes E-Waste to Create Colorful Recycled Artworks

Artist Andy Avalar uses discarded computers, cables, and other forms of e-waste to create vibrant recycled artworks. Each piece repurposes various electronic components to shine a new light on materials

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LightWall Salvaged Material Pavilion Features an Upcycled Glass Bottle Wall

LightWall Salvaged Material Pavilion Features an Upcycled Glass Bottle Wall

LightWall was one of about a dozen entries in the 2012 ReSpace Competition and was selected as the Grand Prize winner. The project was designed by Scott Hefner and Abe Drechsler of the NCSU College of

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DIY Solar Thermal Panel Made with 275 Aluminum Cans Takes a Seattle Home Office Off-Grid

DIY Solar Thermal Panel Made with 275 Aluminum Cans Takes a Seattle Home Office Off-Grid

When Peter Rowan left corporate life to pursue a career writing fiction and teaching, he needed a little office in which to work. So he decided to convert his backyard shed in Seattle into an off-grid

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Solar-Powered 2013 Shed of the Year is Topped With an Old Fishing Boat

Solar-Powered 2013 Shed of the Year is Topped With an Old Fishing Boat

Located at an altitude of 750ft above sea level in the Cambrian Mountain range, mid Wales, the rustic and charming shelter is made from recycled materials. The roof is made from a 14ft long old fishing

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Ernie Adams Hand-Builds Tiny Dwarf Cars From Scrap

Ernie Adams Hand-Builds Tiny Dwarf Cars From Scrap

When Ernie Adams was eleven years old he took on his first project - upgrading a bicycle with a motor and a dual exhaust system. After dropping motors into tricycles and wagons, he graduated to slightly

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Krystal O’Mara Makes Unique Furniture from Recycled Bike Parts

Krystal O’Mara Makes Unique Furniture from Recycled Bike Parts

When most folks see a rusty bike rotting in a scrapyard, they see little of value, but Krystal O'Mara sees potential. O'Mara is a self-taught artist and craftsman, and she specializes in producing

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Goncalo Mabunda Upcycles Weapons of the Mozambique Civil War into Beautiful Furniture

Goncalo Mabunda Upcycles Weapons of the Mozambique Civil War into Beautiful Furniture

Mozambican designer Gonçalo Mabunda’s gorgeous sculptural chairs, furniture and masks are made from upcycled guns. The artist transforms symbols of his country’s civil war-torn past, including

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The Ark: Green-Roofed Art Gallery Sails the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

The Ark: Green-Roofed Art Gallery Sails the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

The Ark was commissioned by the Exploring Landscapes program, and it is currently traveling along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. The long and lean manmade waterway first opened in 1816, when it was

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DIY: Learn How to Make a Cool Cube Lamp Using Recycled Corrugated Cardboard

DIY: Learn How to Make a Cool Cube Lamp Using Recycled Corrugated Cardboard

Linda Rose's Cube Lamp shade is made completely out of recycled cardboard. Linda designed the lighting fixture thinking about the unique texture of materials and the subsequent effect it would have when

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Graeme Obree Looks to Break Human-Powered Speed Record with Bike Made from Recycled Materials

Graeme Obree Looks to Break Human-Powered Speed Record with Bike Made from Recycled Materials

Scottish racing cyclist Graeme Obree has made modifications to his supine recumbent, which is made from recycled materials, in a bid to break the human-powered land speed record. Obree made the bike,

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RCA Students Design a Recycled Paper Bike Helmet Strong Enough to Save Your Life

RCA Students Design a Recycled Paper Bike Helmet Strong Enough to Save Your Life

Unbelievable as it sounds, a team of designers has created a strong, durable bike helmet that is made entirely from recycled paper! Royal College of Art students Tom Gottelier, Bobby

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Studio Swine Creates a Gorgeous Cactus-Shaped Lamp Using Discarded Bottles and LEDs

Studio Swine Creates a Gorgeous Cactus-Shaped Lamp Using Discarded Bottles and LEDs

The Standing Light, from the São Paulo Collection by Studio Swine, is a luxury design series created with waste materials collected from the city streets of São Paulo, Brazil. Inspired by the tropical

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Pedro Reyes Creates an Orchestra of Mechanical Instruments from Upcycled Mexican Weapons

Pedro Reyes Creates an Orchestra of Mechanical Instruments from Upcycled Mexican Weapons

This isn't the first time that Pedro Reyes has made music from former weapons. Reyes’ first collection, Imagine, involved transforming 6,700 guns seized by the Mexican government and transformed them

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CLOUD CEILING: An Interactive Installation Made from Thousands of Upcycled Light Bulbs in Chicago

CLOUD CEILING: An Interactive Installation Made from Thousands of Upcycled Light Bulbs in Chicago

Brown and Wayne's CLOUD in Calgary was an illuminating temporary installation where visitors could pull on cords to turn CFL lights on and off. The playful light exhibit was made up of 6,000 upcycled

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Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Photo via Shutterstock As fruit, bananas are perfectly packaged - all the protection they need is provided by their flexible, resilient peels. As sixteen-year-old Turkish student Elif Bilgin

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5 Handy Tips to Keep In Mind When Looking for Green Furniture

5 Handy Tips to Keep In Mind When Looking for Green Furniture

Kermit the frog was wrong—it is easy being green. These days being green is a big deal. Our society has been wasteful and environmentally irresponsible for a long time. Realizing that the earth

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Paul Heijnen’s Inside-Out Construction Cabinet Exposes the Inner Workings of Furniture

Paul Heijnen’s Inside-Out Construction Cabinet Exposes the Inner Workings of Furniture

Design Academy of Eindhoven graduate Paul Heijnen's Construction Cabinet wears its hinges and supports on the outside, exposing the beauty of mechanisms that are usually concealed. The inside-out double

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Rusty Tin Shed Transformed Into Beautiful Two-Story Studio in Sydney

Rusty Tin Shed Transformed Into Beautiful Two-Story Studio in Sydney

The goal of the project was to re-purpose the existing tin shed at the rear of a residential lot. Rather than just tearing the shed down and getting rid of it, Raffaello Rosselli recycled the original

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PHOTOS: Living the Green Life at an ‘Echo Village’ Immersed in Buenos Aires’ Delta

PHOTOS: Living the Green Life at an ‘Echo Village’ Immersed in Buenos Aires’ Delta

Upon arriving, it's difficult to believe that you're still in Buenos Aires. But it takes just 1 hour by train, 45 minutes by boat, and a short 5 minute walk through a green tunnel, you'll find yourself

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Los Angeles Becomes Largest City in US to Ban Plastic Bags

Los Angeles Becomes Largest City in US to Ban Plastic Bags

Plastic Bag photo via Shutterstock Following in the footsteps of San Francisco, Seattle, and other cities around the world, the Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban single-use plastic bags.

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Iconic Verbier Ski Gondolas Repurposed into Stunning Shelters to be Auctioned for Charity

Iconic Verbier Ski Gondolas Repurposed into Stunning Shelters to be Auctioned for Charity

Designers included in this inspiring project include Adrien Rovero, who designed a mint green four-seater rocking chair, Atelier Oï, whose white gondola is topped by what looks like a giant jelly fish,

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8 Funky Backyard Tiny Sheds Shortlisted for the UK’s 2013 Shed of the Year Competition

8 Funky Backyard Tiny Sheds Shortlisted for the UK’s 2013 Shed of the Year Competition

Founded by Uncle Wilco, the Shed of the Year competition acknowledges a crucial aspect of the United Kingdom's culture. But these days, it's no longer satisfactory to have a small block room with a bunch

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